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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on
It goes without question that quite a few users out there have probably felt very happy when T-Mobile announced it's actually not going to proclaim the “Sidekick” line dead. Instead, the carrier introduced a brand new device to the lineup, a Sidekick device coming from a different manufacturer – Samsung – and designed so that it'd be able to compete with the best handsets on the market.

We're of course talking about the newly-announced T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, which is not only going to utilize the carrier's HSPA+ 21Mbps network, but will also have some software installed that will surely make the socializing experience a lot smarter than before, courtesy of Android 2.2 Froyo.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on
T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on
T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on

Now, as much as we like the good ole Sidekick idea, we've got to admit that the Sidekick 4G is a bit too chubby for our modern tastes. Not that we can't live with that though, considering its beautiful physical QWERTY keyboard, which snaps open reassuringly with its hinge design. Most importantly, the keys on the Sidekick 4G are spaced-out really well, allowing you to make little to no mispresses while typing. The buttons also seems to have a pretty good travel to their movement. Closing the QWERTY keyboard might prove a bit challenging at first, but after a couple of attempts we could get the gist of it. A nice design touch by Samsung is the nicely-patterned back, which allows for a better grip.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on
T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on
T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on

The wonderful QWERTY will be complemented by a healthy-sized 3.5” WVGA touch TFT display, which will bring some “novelties” to the franchise, such as comfortable web browsing and better gaming capabilities.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on
T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on
T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on

On the software side of things, we said the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is to come with Froyo, which isn't the most impressive asset, considering that Gingerbread is already out, available for manufacturers to put it in their phones. The reps here at CTIA did mention something about a possible Gingerbread update later on, but we wouldn't be holding our breath. Anyways, there are some customizations done to the interface to give the Sidekick 4G that alternative look needed for such a youth-centric device. First of all, there'll be a new lock screen, while the home one will now feature a custom menu at the bottom that will provide you with the options to go straight to Phone, Apps, or Contacts. Obviously, we're not too thrilled about this custom UI, especially having in mind that it might slow down the release of eventual firmware updates.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on
T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on
T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Hands-on

So that pretty much sums up our first impressions from the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G. We're glad that the line is still alive and kicking, and will be looking forward to playing some more with it, hopefully sometime this spring, when the phone is expected to hit the market.

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posted on 22 Mar 2011, 18:15

1. Spear (unregistered)

iI said it before in a previous post but I cant wait to see this interface ported out to the other devices. I can hear a Sidekick Custom Rom coming already. :)

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 18:34 3

2. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)

I miss the old design :C A sidekick isn't meant to be held like that :C It should always be in landscape mode.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 22:20

5. ncmacasl (unregistered)

Actually many of the Original Sidekick games required the user to turn the closed sidekick to portrait mode to play them.

posted on 25 Mar 2011, 17:15

8. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)

Still it lacks so much of what I liked the sidekick for :( As much as I love me some android I really liked the sidekick's OS a lot better sometimes. Maybe if they improved their "app store" with more free apps and less crappy apps then it would've been a bigger hit. That's one of the main reasons I gave up my sidekick LX2009 early last year and got an android phone but looking at it now I kinda wish I didn't. I'm going to wait and see what happens with this "sidekick" and see what they're gunna do about it.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 20:36

3. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)

Z -hing? You might as well get the HTC G2.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 21:56

4. chinakidoliver.iab (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

looks alright but what makes it different what if its just a normal 4g phone does it have 1ghz at least?

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 01:09

7. Lionel422 (unregistered)

lol yes it does have a 1ghz processor

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 21:34 1

6. sidekickkid (unregistered)

I SO want this!!! anybody know when its coming out?

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